How to Make a Hat Rack

May 16, 2017


If you’re anything like me, then you can never find a hat when you need one. This week I set out to solve this problem once and for all. I decided to make a hat rack that didn’t take up too much space, but was capable of holding a lot of hats. After looking online for some ideas, I came to this design. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it also has a clean design to it. Using Adobe Illustrator, I designed the side profile for the hats to hang on and printed out a cutting template. For this project, I used about 9′ of 1×4 oak. I started by cutting 2 pieces to 10.5″ and 2 more at 37″ long. I used my templates to cut out the side profiles and sanded all of my boards smooth. Using dowel joinery, I glued up the sides to the top and bottom connectors. Once the glue was fully cured, I sanded off any extra glue that squeezed out and stained the Oak a nice dark color. When it comes to hanging it on the wall, I’d recommend using T-slotted router bit to make a slot for a nail to go. This will allow you to mount the hat rack flush against the wall. If you’re like me and didn’t feel like doing that though, you can use a sawtooth picture frame hanger. Either one will work, but the router bit is the better way to go in the end. If you’d like to make your own, I’ve attached the side profile cutting template down below!


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